Northern Ireland Summer School

We are delighted to invite Year 13 (Lower Sixth) students from Northern Ireland and their teachers to attend a residential summer school at St Catherine’s College (Catz) from Sunday 30th June until Wednesday 3rd July 2019.

Since 2015, the summer school has given Northern Irish students the opportunity to experience life at the University of Oxford. Students stay in College accommodation, eat meals in the College dining hall, and meet current undergraduates, whilst also exploring the beautiful city of Oxford. Students will have the chance to take part in classes and tutorials in a chosen subject, such as Computer Science, Economics & Management, Engineering, English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Medicine, Music, Law and Physics. The summer school finishes with the University of Oxford Open Day on Wednesday 3rd July, during which students are encouraged to attend departmental events and visit other colleges.

There is also a full programme of events for teachers, including Q&A sessions with tutors.

Apart from travel expenses between Northern Ireland and Oxford, the residential summer school will be free for all participants. We are happy to offer free accommodation and meals until Thursday 4th or Friday 5th July for participants who wish to take part in one or both of the University of Oxford Open Days.

The summer school is an ideal opportunity for prospective applicants and teachers to find out more about life at Oxford.

Bookings are now open! Schools are welcome to nominate a maximum of four students to attend and the booking form can be downloaded from the link at the side of this page. Students must be accompanied by a teacher. We recommend that this is a teacher who is involved in sixth form teaching, rather than support staff. This course will be CPD accredited for teachers. We would be happy for schools to make joint arrangements if one teacher is able to take responsibility for students from two different schools (as long as parents are made aware of this).

For more information about our other outreach activities, please see here.

Typical Programme of Events

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Student Programme

Sunday 30th June

Time Event
2.00pm onwards Arrival & Registration
4.00pm Welcome Session
5.00pm Tour of St Catherine’s College
6.30pm Dinner
7.30pm Introduction to Oxford
8.30pm Quiz Night, led by Undergraduates
Monday 1st July
Time Event
8.00am – 9.00am Breakfast
9.00am The Oxford Admissions Process
10.00am Break
10.30am Personal Statement Workshops
11.45am Q&A with current undergraduates
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Punting
3.30pm Mock Interview / Interview Workshop
4.45pm Walking Tour of Oxford with undergraduates (finishing with shopping at the Westgate Centre)
6.30pm Dinner
7.30pm Games at University Parks followed by ice-cream at G&Ds ice-cream parlour
Tuesday 2nd July
Time Event
8.00am – 9.00am Breakfast
9.30am – 11.00am Tutorial 1 (work will be set in this tutorial for the afternoon session).
11.15am Free Time
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Preparation work for Tutorial 2
2.15pm Tutorial 2
3.30pm Session with Careers Service
4.30pm Free Time
5.00pm Concluding Comments / How to get the best out of the Open Days
5.45pm Free Time
7.00pm Farewell Formal Dinner
9.00pm JCR – Games Console Tournament / Pool / Table Tennis

Wednesday 3rd July (University Open Day)          

Time Event
8.00am – 9.00am Breakfast

 

Teacher Programme

Sunday 30th June

Time Event
2.00pm onwards Arrival & Registration
4.00pm Welcome Session
5.00pm Tour of St Catherine’s College
6.30pm Dinner
7.30pm Our experiences of Oxford: Led by current undergraduates
8.15pm Coffee / Networking
Monday 1st July
Time Event
8am – 9.00am Breakfast
9.00am The Oxford Admissions Process
9.30am Break
10.00am How to prepare your students for Oxford: Sharing of best practice (please bring along examples of how students are prepared in your school).
10.45am Q&A with tutors
11.30am Free Time
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Punting – We ask that all teachers attend and supervise this activity
3.30pm Mock Interview / Interview Workshop
4.45pm Walking Tour of Oxford with undergraduates (finishing with shopping at the Westgate Centre)
6.30pm Dinner
7.30pm Games at University Parks followed by ice-cream at G&Ds ice-cream parlour (we ask that you supervise your students during this).
Tuesday 2nd July
Time Event
8.00am – 9.00am Breakfast
9.30am Reference writing
10.15am Alice Parrott: Student Recruitment – University of Oxford

(Opportunity to book visits with Alice for the next academic year)

11.00am Free Time
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Free Time
2.30pm Session with Careers Service
3.30pm Session with The Brilliant Club / Oxplore / UNIQ
5.00pm Concluding Comments / How to get the best out of the Open Days
5.45pm Free Time
7.00pm Farewell Formal Dinner
9.00pm Coffee and refreshments for teachers / farewells

Wednesday 3rd July (University Open Day)          

Time Event
8.00am – 9.00am Breakfast